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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
The Tears of Fancie
Sonnet XXXIII. Some say that women loue for to be praised
Thomas Watson (1555–1592)
SOME say that women loue for to be praised,
But droope when as they thinke their faire must die:
Ioying to haue their beauties glorie raised,
By fames shril trompe aboue the starrie skie.
I then whome want of skill might be with drawing,        5
Extold her beautie not as yet deserued:
She said my words were flatterie and fayning,
For good intent to bad euent soone swerued.
Some say againe they will denie and take it,
I gaue my hart, my hart that dearly cost me:        10
No sooner offerd but she did forsake it,
Scorning my proffered gift so still she crost me.
But were I (alas I am not) false and truthles:
Then had she reason to be sterne and ruthles.

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